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Research PaperThe MSCI Quality Mix Indexes
Factor-based investing has become a widely discussed topic of today's investment canon. In this paper - which is the last delivery of a four-paper series focusing on factor investing - we discuss the combinations of Factor Indexes taking as an example the MSCI Quality Mix Index.The MSCI Quality Mix Index is an equal weighted combination of the MSCI Quality, Value and Minimum Volatility Indexes. Academic research shows that quality, value and low volatility strategies have not only...
MSCI BlogFactors separated fact from fiction
Technological advances have expanded the application of factors. What was the realm of quantitative investors has become more accessible, bringing greater transparency and potential insight into portfolio characteristics and performance drivers.
MSCI BlogFactors in Focus: Risky start. Quality finish.
We highlight the fast-moving rotation among factors that continued during Q1 2019. As we move into Q2 2019, this framework showed allocation changes in different factors.
Research PaperMSCI Integrated Factor Crowding Model
With the rise of factor investing, institutional investors increasingly have sought to understand whether their factor exposures are crowded. Current MSCI Barra equity factor risk models are designed to provide insight and detail to help institutional investors understand how a portfolio is positioned and what has driven its risk and return. The MSCI Integrated Factor Crowding Model is designed to complement the Barra model by providing investors with insight into how the rest of the market...
Research PaperAdaptive Multi-Factor Allocation
Although factor allocation approaches based on simple diversification techniques such as equal-weight or risk parity are transparent and have performed well historically, some investors, such as valuation-sensitive or macro-sensitive investors, utilize a dynamic approach by adapting factor allocations to be more consistent with their strategic or tactical asset allocation process. An adaptive approach aims to strike a balance between a pure single factor timing strategy and the...
MSCI BlogEquity markets in October – Has the tide turned?
October’s market sell-off reflected investors’ concerns with the sustainability of economic growth, the longer-term impact of trade tariffs and rising interest rates. In all, it seemed to be a shift away from pro-cyclical themes. Do risks remain for those areas of the market?
Research PaperEmploying Style Rotation with MSCI’s Systematic Equity Strategy Factors
The rise of factor investing and smart beta has made timing factors more relevant than ever. As active investors look for ways to differentiate their strategies from their competition, factor rotation may be another technique to explore. In this Product Insight, we test style factor rotation methods using the Systematic Equity Strategy (SES) factors modeled by MSCI Equity Analytics Research. Using simulated history, our study found it was possible to anticipate Risk-On and Risk-Off...
Research PaperResearch Insight - Multi-Factor Indexes Made Simple - November 2014
Multi-factor index fund allocations are increasingly becoming the preferred approach to factor investing. In this paper, we examine the return/risk characteristics of nine static and dynamic weighting strategies over a 36-year period. The results highlight that a simple strategy that equal weights multiple factor indexes has historically proved more effective than many of the more complex approaches - pointing to its potential as a way to combine factors, especially in the absence of...
MSCI BlogEquity markets in November – Do pro-cyclical risks remain?
In our recent blog, “Equity markets in October – Has the tide turned?” we highlighted a rotation from pro-cyclical to defensive factors and sectors that began in June and accelerated in October. We also found that crowding in the momentum factor in the U.S. remained high, which suggested continued risks to momentum and other pro-cyclical themes.
MSCI BlogUnderstanding Factor Exposures When Markets Become Volatile
How did different equity factors fare during the past week’s market turmoil? When markets are gyrating, it can be difficult to figure out just what is happening. Real-time data provides greater insight into market events as they unfold.